Winter 2017 new product showcase
As you turn the calendar to 2017, we’re unveiling our latest products making their debut around the world. A few times a year we like to give our readers an overview of how we are meeting your changing needs.
According to Jeanine Bassett, vice president of Global Consumer Insights, figuring out today’s shopper is not as straightforward as just asking what they want and handing it back to them.
I spoke with Jeanine about how we work to solve the puzzle of consumer food values. Hear Jeanine talk about how something as simple as a tomato now defines who we are, in this video.
Ninety-seven percent of U.S. households purchase at least one General Mills product at some point during the year, and about a third of our sales are now international. Our reach helps us rapidly move good ideas around the world.
And as we do this, we take steps to account for regional preferences.
For example, the secret to Old El Paso’s success has been its ability to customize its products to meet the unique local tastes of consumers, while still providing adventuresome flavor. So Old El Paso sells extra mild products in France, yet offers a twist on traditional rice crackers in Japan.
From gluten-free Very Berry Cheerios to Annie’s organic popcorn, to Yoplait Greek 100 with more protein to Nature Valley Granola cups, to great new flavors of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, General Mills has solid line up of new products:
Very Berry Cheerios
All the wholesome goodness of Cheerios plus the delicious taste of real fruit – strawberry, raspberry and blueberry – in every bite. Gluten free. No colors from artificial sources, no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup.
Back by popular demand: Yoplait Custard makes its return to the yogurt aisle after a 10-year hiatus. The silky smooth, spoon-hugging custard-style yogurt is made from whole milk and available in six flavors including Vanilla, Strawberry, Blueberry, Banana, Lemon, and Caramel. No colors or flavors from artificial sources. No high fructose corn syrup. Made with dairy free of rBGH/rBST growth hormones.
Nature Valley Granola Cups
For people demanding more from their snacks, Nature Valley Granola Cups combine indulgent flavors like Peanut Butter Chocolate and Almond Butter with wholesome ingredients like oats. No colors from artificial sources. No artificial flavors. No artificial sweeteners.
“Fruit and Flowers” Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream (China)
A brand new line of “fruit and flowers” flavors – such as Rose, Raspberry & Lychee and Elderflower & Blackcurrant – deliver a sweet, aromatic experience as beautiful as the packaging.
Yoplait Greek 100
More protein and still just 100 calories. All 20 varieties now have 14-15 grams of protein per serving.
A scrumptious snack that’s best enjoyed by the handful. Annie’s Popcorn is available in Organic Butter & Sea Salt and Organic White Cheddar varieties. Free from artificial flavors, synthetic colors and preservatives. Naturally gluten free.
Nature Valley XL Bar
Supersized for maximum hunger, these new Sweet & Salty XL bars from Nature Valley come in Pretzel, Peanut & Chocolate; Peanut and Chocolate Nut & Seed varieties. XL Bars are made with satisfying ingredients like almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pretzels and chocolate chunks.
Häagen-Dazs Stick Bars (Europe)
Dense, creamy ice cream on a stick – with a surprise in every bite. Now in exotic new flavors, such as green tea & almond.
Wanchai Ferry Kids (China)
Launching in time for the Chinese New Year at the end of January, these dumplings come in colorful wrappers, are a smaller size for kids and have nutritional ingredients like pork, salmon and shrimp that appeal to moms.
LÄRABAR Fruits and Greens
LÄRABAR, the Original Fruit & Nut Food Bar, is helping you eat your greens in a new Fruits + Greens bar. Each bar has 1/4 cup of kale or spinach plus delicious fruits and nuts. Available in Strawberry Spinach Cashew, Pineapple Kale Cashew and Mango Spinach Cashew varieties.
LÄRABAR Mint Chip Brownie
Made with simple ingredients including dates, almonds, Fair Trade semisweet chocolate chips, cashews, cocoa powder and peppermint oil. Non-GMO project verified, gluten-free, kosher, vegan and gluten free.
LÄRABAR Bites (Canada)
Delicious truffle-like bites to satisfy your sweet craving. All four indulgent flavors are made from just five or six simple ingredients and are gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, dairy free and Kosher. These are made with Fair Trade Certified ingredients. Available in Chocolate Macaroon, Mint Chocolate Truffle and Double Chocolate flavors.
Nature Valley Cocoa Almond Butter Biscuits
Creamy cocoa almond butter sandwiched between two 100 percent whole grain oat and honey biscuits to provide nutritious energy any time of day. Each serving offers 14 grams of whole grain and 4 grams of protein. No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. No high fructose corn syrup.
Yoplait Whole Milk Yogurt (Canada)
For the entire family. All the goodness of whole milk along with a deliciously thick and creamy texture.
Progresso now uses only 100 percent antibiotic and hormone free chicken breasts in all of its 36 chicken soup varieties. Progresso is the first large retail soup brand in the U.S. to have antibiotic and hormone-free chicken breasts in its soups.
Stand ‘N’ Stuff Minis (Europe, Australia)
Known as Mini Taco Boats in the U.S., Old El Paso mini taco shells are making a big splash into Europe. An innovative departure from the traditional tortilla, these easy-to-hold creations are perfect for kids and appetizers. Look for mini hard shells as well. Ole!
Fiber One Layered Chewy Bars
Adding more fiber can taste good, too, with these indulgent and sweet layer bars from Fiber One. Each bar combines crisped grains, drizzled caramel, crunchy almond toppings and a generous helping of chocolate. Available in Double Chocolate Almond and Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate flavors. Free from artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Each bar delivers 28 percent of your daily value of fiber at seven grams per one bar serving.
Foodservice: Pillsbury Ciabatta and Panini Breads
Within General Mills Foodservice, Pillsbury brings artisanal breads to K-12 schools to elevate sandwich offerings. This includes premium-quality ciabatta and panini breads to help schools offer a variety of hot and cold sandwiches without additional labor or equipment. The panini comes pre-grilled and ready-to-heat, while the ciabatta is pre-sliced and simply needs to be thawed.
This spoon-free yogurt snack provides the perfect afternoon pick me up. Rich creamy non-fat Yoplait Greek yogurt is paired with crunchy snacks made for dipping. Available in six crave-able combinations from sweet to savory: Chocolate Raspberry Chunk Yogurt with Chocolate Drizzled Pretzels, Caramelized Banana Yogurt with Pretzels, Vanilla Bean Yogurt with Honey Oat Bites, Chipotle Ranch Yogurt with Tortilla Chips, or Coffee Chocolate Chunk Yogurt with Cinnamon Crisps. No artificial colors/flavors. No high fructose corn syrup.
Liberté – New Flavors
Earlier this year, Liberté transitioned all of its yogurts to USDA certified organic. This month, look for new Indonesian Vanilla Bean, and limited batch flavor Nicaraguan Coffee Bean made with organic Direct Trade Intelligentcia Coffee.
Super Hero Girls Fruit-Flavored Snacks
Featuring Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Supergirl. No artificial flavors, no colors from artificial sources.
Super Sour Gushers
On-trend super sour flavors including Crabby Apple, Grumpy Grape and Scary Cherry. Gelatin free, no artificial flavors.
Editor’s note: Visit our Flickr page for high resolution photos of our winter 2017 new products.
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